Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC,

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Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC,

Need suggestions:Rte. I-95 Ridgeland SC, one night. Rocky Mount NC,1 night. Chincateague VA (New Church) 2 nights. Then inland to Carlisle PA and Rte. 81. From there on to Port Jervis NY and Hartford CT to Rte 84 N to MA! Whew! Any "Road food" suggestions appreciated. My first post here! Great forum! Keep up the good work! Thanks in advance for any responses!
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    stanpnepa
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/18 09:53:08 (permalink)
    Now that sounds like a trip! I'm envious.

    In PA, 81 connects with 84 in Scranton, PA (my home turf). If you want to try something really distinctive---try Old Forge Pizza. It's square pie with sweet sauce and goopey cheese. Take 81 North to the Davis Street/Montage exit (182, I think). Make a left off the exit, then another left just up the hill at Davis St. Take Davis about a mile and a half and make another left just over the bridge at Main Ave.. Then travel about a mile and a half from Taylor into Old Forge. Revello's would be my first choice, it's remarkably consistent. White pizza fans rave about Arcaro and Genell's across the street. These places are only open evenings and closed Sundays. If you need lunch, I've got some other places too.

    In Rocky Mount, Bob Melton's BBQ was pretty great when we passed through last summer. It's reviewed in the Roadfood book, but for some reason not on the site. Get the "pig pickin'" dinner (bbq pork---smokey and drier than you might expect---but delicious, mustard cole slaw!, hush puppies---great). Wash it down with Sweet Tea. 501 Mill Rd, Rocky Mount.
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/18 12:58:27 (permalink)
    We envy you stopping at Chincoteague - a wonderful place before the mosquitos arrive in swarms. We always stay at the Refuge Motel - the last place before crossing the bridge to Assateague.

    Along the road to the beach there was a place called CJ's - the best clams casino I ever had and the rest of the menu was good.

    In the village we eat frequently at "Bill's" - a locals hangout with plain food cooked plainly. Dont miss the oysters, and they do a great job of frying filets of a variety of very fresh fish. Avoid some of the big places on the inlet - except one of them has a great breakfast buffet, sorry, can't remember which one. If you like oysters on the half shell, Chincoteague is the place for you, but order them at the bar and you'll get freshly opened as opposed to stale half- frozen oysters that taste like they were opened yesterday, in some of the big places. Also look for Crab Imperial
    if you have a taste for very very rich dishes. If you are rich there's a place called the Channel Bass Inn that has a great reputation-we've never eaten there, but some day we hope to...

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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/18 15:00:10 (permalink)
    Approx what time of day will you be in the Port Jervis/Middletown area?
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/18 15:36:15 (permalink)
    Go to Haags Hotel off I-81 in Shartlesville PA for decent Penn Dutch Cooking. Also go to Tasty Chick in Vernon CT. about 15 miles outside of Hartford on I-84 for New England style Chicken Pie.
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/19 07:44:32 (permalink)
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    Go to Haags Hotel off I-81 in Shartlesville PA for decent Penn Dutch Cooking. Also go to Tasty Chick in Vernon CT. about 15 miles outside of Hartford on I-84 for New England style Chicken Pie.


    Oops! I have a correction to the above. Haags hotel is actually off I-78 about 20 miles out of your way each way. However if you have the time, the detour is worth it, about 40 miles out your way round trip!
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/19 11:57:55 (permalink)
    ConeyIslandLou: We should be going through Port Jervis (NY) by mid day ie. lunch time most likely. And to "Stanpnepa": we will be avoiding Scranton...sorry! I think it's Rte. 209 (PA)that goes through the "Deleware River Valley" that cuts out Scranton. Any one know about any good eats along that route?
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/19 13:48:37 (permalink)
    Joe: Wait 20 miles for lunch....Get off at exit 4W [NY rt 17m],follow that road past all the fast/junk food into Middletown..there will be signs for 17m turning left...IGNORE them,and keep going straight to the next light,at which there will be a big firehouse...make the right turn,and follow that street to the next light..there is a nice family Italian place, Tony's - a nice neighborhood type place..make the left...if you don't stop at Tony's ,follow that street you made the turn on through two stop signs..on the [left attached to the bus station!] is Middletown's version of 'Coney Island',with decent Coney dogs and pretty good burgers..also if you keep going there and make the next right, about 1 1/2 miles up at the the third traffic light is Maddy's Diner, which has good home cooked lunches [REAL mashed spuds,etc...]..some real tender steaks...send me an email...let me know when ya might be in town...perhaps we could meet for a lunch! Lou
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/19 13:53:50 (permalink)
    You dont save ANY time going up 209- a bumpy very neglected two laner,which used to have the name 'The Ho Chi Minh Trail' back in the 60s-early 70s..if ya jog over east from 81 on 80,and go up 380,then 84, you save time and gas..also..if ya are are in fair need of fuel,get off at NY exit 1 on 84,and hang a left....you are suddenly in NJ,with relatively inexpensive gas!
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    RE: Travel:I-95 FL-MA,Ridgeland SC,Rocky Mount NC, 2003/05/20 08:15:57 (permalink)
    ConeyIslandLou: I checked out those restaurants you mentioned in Middletown (NY???)on my map program and I found them all! So I labled them and printed out a map. Will probably stop there for lunch just before getting "home" to central MA! "Maddy's" is probably going to be our first choice. I LOVE homemade mashed potatoes! Must be the Irish! LOL
    RE: Rte 209 along Delaware River Basin...I'm not sure the last time you've been on it but...We find it not only beautiful but a nice break from the highway!We drove from MA to FL in Oct. (2002)via PA 209. Besides, TRUCKS are prohibited so that's a nice break for a while too! It is NOT bumpy now either, so maybe it's been paved since you were on it!? And without trucks on it, it will stay that way longer! Have you ever stopped in the "Yankee Doodle Diner", huge silver "Diner Looking" diner? LOL It's on that rte. (209 PA) in E. Stroudsburg PA. It's very good diner food and great prices. Very clean and great service!
    Speaking of PA anyone out there ever hear of "Hosses" restaurants??? We went to the one in Carlisle PA and LOVE it! It's a small "chain".As you walk in...BEFORE the registers or host or hostess and BEFORE being seated there is a "Larger than life" (about 5 FEET by 6 FEET) MENU that you look at and decide what you want while you stand in line (which was about 10 deep when we arrived but moved VERY fast! Then as you approach the person seating you, another person takes your order. Then the host/hostess seats you. When you get to your table the drink orders are taken. Your main course is brought over to your table when it's ready! You then proceed to a huge room where there is: a banquet of appetizers,soups,homemade breads, a HUGE salad bar (in addition to this other stuff!), and then there is a huge display of every kind of home made desert you can think of also!!!! The food was delicious and resonably priced! The service was excellent! I ordered the steak tips (small order...was I happy about that!!!)and they were marinated and grilled to a perfect "rare"! They were delicious! We had never heard of "Hosses" and had not been in one so be aware that there's lots of food when you put in your order! Thanks again for the info! Bon appetite!
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